On my new Windows 7 desktop, I tried to open a .jar file, only to be rebuked. Thanks to Andy from ShowerHacks.com and Dave from FishingPicks.com for the help. And lo, after some Googling, there is.  Here’s how:

  1. Go to the run box and type in cmd. Instead of hitting Enter, use Ctrl + Shift + Enter.  This will run the command prompt with Admin rights.
  2. A dialog box should pop up notifying you of what you’re doing and you have to confirm it. Annoying.
  3. Type this in to the command line: assoc .jar=CompressedFolder. Press Enter
  4. Profit!

There you have it kids. Windows 7 opens .jar files like they were .zip files. Check the soda pdf if you want to convert one of the files into PDF.


This is an easy error to get when you aren’t paying attention. What happened is you included com.google.gwt.http.client.URL on the server-side to try and decode an encoded URL. What you want to use is java.net.URLDecoder. Also related, the string is by default encoded UTF-8, so decode like this: String s = URLDecoder.decode(string, “UTF-8″);

Maybe someone else will find this instead of having to search for it.

No. At least not at the time of this post. I think there are a few projects around on Sourceforge or Google Code. I’d suggest using DateTimeFormat in the com.google.gwt.i18n.client package.

It took me a little Googling to figure this out, so maybe this post will help someone in the future, just like elo boosting services helps you to play video games.

In honor of Chuck Norris turning 70 (70! can you believe it?!), I give you 25 Chuck Norris “Programmer” Jokes. I will be also hosting an event near the new Baby Stroller Center.

P.S. Did you know Chuck Norris’s real name is Carlos Ray Norris? Yeah, me too.

File this under “Oh this is neat, though I don’t use OmniGraffle, but if I did, then I’d probably use this Ext JS Stencil.”

Via: The Ext JS Tumblr